What Makes a Critic?Saturday, May 6 | 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Residence Inn Berkeley - Ballroom 2
- Writing & Publishing
Much has changed in the world of letters since 1890, when Oscar Wilde famously wrote that “the critic has to educate the public; the artist has to educate the critic.” These days, when Goodreads reviews and social media takedowns outnumber dwindling book review publications and shrinking newspaper book pages, what role does professional criticism still play, and how can aspiring critics best prepare to engage in the literary discourse? The National Book Critics Circle’s Emerging Critics Fellowship seeks to identify, nurture, and support the development of the next generation of book critics. In this session, recent Emerging Critics— Yohanca Delgado, Ricardo Jaramillo, Jonathan Leal, Antonio López, and Maisie Wiltshire-Gordon—will reflect on their own development as critics and discuss what the next generation of book critics will bring to the table, in a conversation moderated by NBCC Emerging Critics Chair Heather Partington.
Book signing information: Sausalito Books by the Bay, at the venue
In partnership with the National Book Critics Circle.